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Center for Spatial Research

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The Center for Spatial Research (CSR) at Columbia University focuses on spatial data analysis at the intersection of design, architecture, urbanism, the humanities, and data science. CSR engages with data in order to understand the forces transforming cities today and to investigate the effects that data-based approaches to urban studies have on cities themselves. Its projects involve collaborations with researchers and advocates across disciplines and institutions. Recent CSR exhibitions include In Plain Sight at the 2018 Venice Biennale of Architecture; Conflict Urbanism: Aleppo at the 2016 Istanbul Design Biennial; and The Brain Index, an installation at the Zuckerman Institute on Columbia’s Manhattanville campus. CSR was founded through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and has received support from the Ford Foundation and the David Lion Gardiner Foundation. It builds on the work of Columbia’s Spatial Information Design Lab in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.

Established 2015, New York City, USA